Salman Butt turns eye to commentary after losing hope for Test return
Following a heartbreak of not being selected in the Pakistan Test squad, opener Salman Butt has turned his eyes outside the playing field and has decided to make commentary.
According to reports revealed, Butt will probably be seen giving commentary in the fourth round of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy starting from November 20.
“I understand that I don’t have a future with Pakistan,” said Butt. “I played cricket with distinction and have scored heavily since my return. There has been a purpose to re-earn a place in the national side and the context of my performance is to play for the national team.”
“This year, I questioned myself: ‘What I am doing, why I am playing? What is the purpose if I play yet another season?’ I gave a serious thought and realistically I know they are not going to pick me. So I (would) rather explore something where I can contribute and excel to make a difference,” he added.
He further said,
“It is robust to go away cricket and that is one thing no one actually ready for, however then I’m not going to play cricket perpetually. I at all times thought I’ll depart the day when I’m a burden on the dressing room. There’s a time if you finally should name off and let another person take your house.
“I met with Nadeem Khan [PCB director of high performance] and he gave me some superb profession recommendation, so I’m withdrawing myself from the [Central Punjab] squad and taking on a commentary position for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy,” he said.
It can be noted that Salman Butt was one of the culprits in the match-fixing scandal. He, along with pacer Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were jailed in November 2011 after being proved guilty by a London court under the Gambling Act. He was changed of throwing deliberate no-balls in return of taking money during Pakistan’s Test series against England in 2010 at Lord’s.
He returned to Pakistan cricket early in January 2016.